I. Eating and Drinking

Cafés, Bistros, Bars and Restaurants
Within walking distance of the conference venue, Gillygate and Petergate house some recommended restaurants and cafes. Some suggestions are listed below. For light bites a number of sandwich shops can also be found between Lendal Bridge and Gillygate.

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  • Gourmet Burger Kitchen, 7 Lendal St.
  • Ask Italian, Assembly Rooms, Blake St. - Pizzas, pastas and salads are served in the beautiful setting of the assembly rooms.
  • Pizza Express, River House, 17 Museum St. - Unusually striking and pleasant surroundings.
  • Akbar's, 6 - 8 George Hudson St., continuation of Rougier St. joining Station Rd. Indian food.
  • Mama Mia, 20 Gillygate.
  • The Star Inn the City, Lendal Engine House, Museum St. - Riverside terrace.
  • Evil Eye Lounge, 42 Stonegate - Cocktail bar, off-licence, internet café and Thai restaurant in one.
  • Ha Ha, 13 New Street - Café-bar serving tasty food (and cocktails!).
  • Cafe Concerto, High Petergate - Bristo-style homemade food is served in the shadow of York Minster.
  • Café No 8, 8 Gillygate - Varied and original menu including brunch.
  • Oscar’s Wine Bar & Bistro, 27 Swinegate - Popular bar and bistro serving good value food. Outside heated patio area.


York has hundreds of pubs, many of which are ancient and many of them serve food. Here’s a selected sample. A more comprehensive list can be found at www.beerintheevening.com. Note that some pubs on Micklegate can get a bit rowdy, particularly at the weekend.

  • The Minster Inn, 24 Marygate - Traditional pub.
  • The Maltings, Tanners Moat, across Station Rd
  • Three-Legged Mare, 15 High Petergate.
  • York Brewery's outlet for its own beer. Also try the Last Drop Inn on Colliergate.
  • Black Swan, Peasholme Green - York's oldest (sixteenth-century) pub has some superb flagstones and wood panelling.
  • Blue Bell, Fossgate - A small no-frills traditional pub – real ales, no mobile phones, non-tourist clientele – also not ideal for large groups!
  • King's Arms, King's Staithe. - Close to the Ouse Bridge, and popular with tourists on Summer afternoons (as long as the river is not in flood).
  • Golden Slipper and The Royal Oak, Goodramgate. - Next to each other, both serve pub food, with the Royal Oak a preferred choice.

II. Places of Interest

York is a historic riverside city and home to several major tourist attractions, museums and galleries. A walk round the city walls is highly recommended (and free). The world famous York Minster, built between the 1220s and the 1470s is within yards of the Museum Gardens, and should probably be on any new visitors itinerary – sightseers are expected to pay an entrance fee.

The narrow, bending, cobbled streets around the
Shambles are particularly picturesque, lined with medieval buildings still used as busy shops. According to the website, the Shambles is Europe’s most visited street!

If you are in need of refreshment,
Betty's Tea Rooms is not just a tea room, but a Yorkshire institution.

Other sights well worth seeing include the
Museum Gardens and St. Mary's Abbey, near the workshop venue and the train station, Clifford’s Tower and the nearby Castle Museum which presents a quirky and fascinating take on social history, including accurate reconstructions of historic streetscapes.

For more information on these and other activities, visit: